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    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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General Management Plan

Tim Hauf

As one of America's "crown jewels," Channel Islands National Park will continue to serve as a model for park management. It is important that park resources, both terrestrial and marine, continue to be preserved and protected for future generations.

The current General Management Plan (GMP) for the park was completed in 1985. Since that time much has occurred, such as completion of the park's major land acquisition effort, expansion of park operations and visitor facilities, and an increase in the number of resource issues the park is facing.

A new plan is being undertaken to provide a vision for the park's future, as well as guidance in resource preservation, protection, and management that will help achieve that vision. The new plan also will help identify how the National Park Service may best protect cultural and natural resources while providing for visitor enjoyment of the park.

The park wants to communicate, consult, and cooperate with all interested individuals and groups in this planning process. We urge you to take advantage of all opportunities in this process to share your vision and support for this magnificent national park. Your participation will ensure a strong public voice to help guide us and will result in a better vision than we alone could provide.

Draft General Management Plan / Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Study
The Draft General Management Plan / Wilderness Study / Environmental Impact Study is now available for review and public comment.
The National Park Service will be hosting two open houses to solicit public review and comment on this document that will provide overall guidance for the park over the next 25 to 40 years. The draft plan is available at Park Planning.

The open house events will be held in Ventura and Santa Barbara on:

Tuesday, December 3
Open House 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Wilderness Study Formal Hearing 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center
1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA, 93001

Wednesday, December 4
Open House 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery
40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

The plan has a no action alternative and two action alternatives that describe how the park would be managed for visitor experience and safety, commercial services, resource protection, and park operations. Alternative 3, the NPS preferred alternative, would enhance visitor experience and park operations while continuing to provide a high level of resource protection.

Public comments must be received by Monday, March 10, 2014. They may be sent via traditional mail or electronic mail at the below address or planning website:

Greg Jarvis, Project Manager
National Park Service
Denver Service Center, Planning
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO 80225

For more information and to submit comments visit Park Planning.

Previous Public Documents

Press Release: Wilderness Planning for the General Management Plan

Public Wilderness Scoping Posters

Preliminary Alternatives Newsletter

Public Scoping Newsletter

For more information about the planning process click here.

Did You Know?

Blue whale                                          Photo: Brad Sillasen

Park and sanctuary waters are home to the largest aggregation of blue whales in the world. Approximately 10% of the global blue whale population gathers in the channel during the summer. More...